Liberated Film Club

The Liberated Film Club began as a pirate DVD / USB company, issuing irregular mail-order catalogues of films otherwise unobtainable (an activity which it maintains).

The Liberated Film Club went on to host a regular event at Close-Up Film Centre in London: a guest was invited to introduce a film and neither they nor the audience knew the film which was screening.

Guests included John Akomfrah (who spoke about the thing beyond hope), Laura Mulvey (who spoke about the shoes clapping at the bridge of the nose), Tony Grisoni (who spoke about Technicolour blue), Dennis Cooper (who spoke about what he’d been doing recently, and how much he hated The Lighthouse), Xiaolu Guo (who spoke about Sylvia Plath’s suicide deployed by China’s censors) and Gideon Koppel (who said nothing and made mayonnaise).

In 2019 the Liberated Film Club established a strand parallel to its ‘hidden’ programme: announcing unique director / collective surveys, shaming the institution for its inhibition and cynicism. This launched across London (and Cambridge) with the most complete international survey of films by Pere Portabella to date.